What is the American Association of Oncologists and Ophthalmic Pathologists?

The American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists is a professional association of medical doctors who practice, teach and or engage in research in ocular oncology and/or ophthalmic pathology. The membership of the AAOOP includes board-certified academic ophthalmologists and pathologists as well as individuals certified in both specialties. All are qualified by additional sub-specialty fellowship training in ophthalmic pathology and/or ocular oncology. Most AAOOP members are academicians who practice and teach at eye hospitals or large university hospitals affiliated with medical schools that train physicians to be ophthalmologists (eye physician and surgeons). Most AAOOP members are medical school faculty members and many hold full professorial rank.


What is Ocular Oncology?

Ocular oncology is a highly specialized branch of ophthalmology that provides medical and surgical care to patients with ocular cancers. These include intraocular tumors, most commonly uveal melanoma in adults and retinoblastoma in children, intraocular lymphoma, metastastic cancers to the eye, other intraocular tumors and tumors on the surface of the eye, most commonly involving the conjunctiva.


What is Ophthalmic Pathology?

Ophthalmic pathology (also known as eye pathology or ocular pathology) is a highly specialized branch of the medical laboratory specialty pathology. Clinical ophthalmic pathology involves gross and microscopic examination and diagnosis of eyes and ocular adnexal tissues that are removed surgically (biopsies) or post-mortem. The ocular adnexae include the eyelids and periocular skin, the contents of the orbit, and the lacrimal (tear) system comprising the lacrimal gland and the nasolacrimal drainage system